Friday, February 7, 2014


The 2014 Winter Olympiad from Sochi, Russia starts today. One can only hope the Games go more smoothly than the events leading up to this event. For starters, the "RED" carpet was not laid out for Gay athletes, and as late as yesterday, hotel rooms housing Olympians and reporters covering the Games were still not even ready. Reporters have been sending icky pictures of their hotel rooms, unpainted, yucky carpets, and the kicker: Yellow water flowing from the faucets.

Folks took to social media to barter and bargain for items such as door knobs and light bulbs.

Earlier this week, I read a stories in the New York Times and Washington Post that local Russian officials were rounding up stray dogs and killing them, as to "not upset the games or tourists", also stating "we don't want any wild dogs wandering into any events causing trouble". Uh huh. I have been watching Olympic Games since I was a kid, I don't EVER remember stray dogs running onto a soccer field, track field or an ice rink during the games.  o_O

Nathan Denette / AP

One of the saddest parts for me as an American is how our Athletes and their families competing and attending the games have to tone down the "GO USA" sentiment due to increase risk of threat against U.S. Athletes and Americans attending the games. This totally sucks. What a disappointment for the men and women who have trained so hard for this possibly once in a lifetime opportunity to have this black cloud hang over their Olympic experience. I'll be cheering for them here at home, sending positive vibes to our USA Athletes. To be honest, ALL the athletes from every competing country deserves a pat on the back for even participating in this Olympics.

Here's hoping that these games leave a better impression after they are over than they are right now.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Is it Just me, Or Are The Voice Contestant's Better Than The X-Factor's? VS
I didn't want to say it, especially since I am a HUGE fan of Simon Cowell, but the singers/performers on NBC's The Voice simply outshine The X-Factor (FOX). Before anyone says, you shouldn't compare the two shows, those of us who watch BOTH shows certainly do. The Voice is filled with so many Beasts this season, Trevin Hunte, Sylvia Yacoub, Terry McDermott, and Amanda Brown. Amanda is so outlandishly talented that she even makes the word "fierce" go into a corner and cower. There is promise in the X-Factor teen category: Diva's-In-Training Diamond (Little Whitney) White and Carly Rose (Little Celine) Sonenclare show amazing style.  I can see them ruling the charts a few years from now. The rest of the young adults and older singers are just fair. There is not a Melanie Amaro (last season's X-Factor winner) in the bunch (Simon hit it out of the ballpark with her :D)

Even the cast-offs from the Voice are mighty. Michaela Paige, Adriana Louise, Deborah, Laura Vivas, Chevonne, Michelle Brooks-Thompson, Brandon Mahone, (yes it is THAT many), Avery Wilson, Terisa Griffin. I could go on. Their bench was just that deep! If any one of those singers were on the X-Factor, they would totally win.

The X-Factor bright spot for me this season are the groups. Simon is doing a terrific job mentoring. Emblem 3, 5th Harmony and Lyric 145. All three groups are talented, fun, entertaining, and I look forward to seeing their careers blossom. Lyric 145 was voted off last Thursday. NOOOOOOO!!!!!! To that I say: O_o

The shows are tied as far as hosts. I love Carson Daly. He is at his best during the blind auditions when he is with the contestant families. He wants the chairs to turn around just as much as the families! That is so sweet. I think Khloe Khardasian and Mario Lopez are good choices and are doing their hosting well. When a contestant get a slap down of criticism from the judges, Khloe and Mario are great at cushioning the blow.

I wonder what X-Factor can do to get get a better bunch of singers next season? It kinda seems as though The Voice gets the best singers and X-Factor gets the leftovers. Maybe it's the mentoring as well. Again, I think the coaches work with the contestants better over at The Voice. To be honest, I'll bet Simon is a little disappointed with his judges/mentors this year. I would not be surprised if a whole new crew is brought in next season.

All of this being said, I am really not throwing shade at anyone. I simply think one show is a little better than the other one, but I will continue to watch and support BOTH.

Images courtesy of Google Images

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Instead of Red States or Blue States, how about Purple States

The election of the century (so far) is over. Congratulations, President Obama. What an amazing acceptance speech. The president echoed what so many people have been talking about with our friends and in our homes; we need to stop keeping the country divided, and work on reaching out to one another to make America stronger. Regardless of what side you are on. This foolishness needs to end. The sour grapes should be tossed out the window.

We live in the greatest country in the world, and we should stop taking it for granted. I don't think some people realize how good we have it over here. The hateful tweets, facebook rants, etc are all part of freedom of speech that our country enjoys, but should NOT be a platform to continue to tear this country or our President down.

I am still on cloud nine after the election results, and I just want to hug everyone I see, whether they voted for Mitt Romney or not. After the giddiness settles down however, I know that there is so much work to be done to make sure that this country keeps moving in the right direction, and does not get mired in lingering attempts to derail the Presidents' agenda to keep out country going FORWARD.
I urge everyone to get involved in what is going on in your communities. Be diligent when you see something going on that needs to be fixed, stay active in the political process. Here's hoping our red state friends will meet us half way and turn our blue into purple states for all.

Photo courtesy of stockxchng.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Talk Yourself OUT of Something Today

I always get a little anxious during this time of year. Summer is over, autumn is tapping me on the shoulder and I am stuck in between thinking about the remainder of the year, while trying to make sense of the fact that I have not accomplished anything that I had promised myself that I would at the beginning of the year.

Before I start to digress, let me get to the point. It is so easy to get discouraged when things are not going according to plan. I am not afraid to admit, however that I have talks with myself to keep me motivated when I need to get things done. I talk myself OUT of feeling sorry myself. I talk myself OUT of self limiting perceptions, etc. Promise yourself something if you make your goal, say whatever you need to say to yourself to going, then get your butt in gear and DO. You get the point.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Lessons I learned from My Mother.........

I grew up in a large family. Seven of us, in fact. One of the childhood memories that I remember the most was my mothers' backyard garden. Although I took it for granted as a kid, growing up with that garden was one of the most profound experiences of my life. I was watching a popular talk show one day, and there was a woman on who had written a book about how to get your kids to eat veggies. My mind drifted back to when my Mom would send us out to the backyard to pick cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, or whatever fresh crops that were ready to be picked for our meals. I remember the seed planting, the impatience of waiting for the first sprouts. We kids had a lot of fun playing in the garden, and Mom had her hands full shooing away stray rabbits as well as us out of the garden. I love vegetables and fruits. My whole family does. My sisters' have passed this on to their children. My niece and nephews love their broccoli and other vegetables. I have since told my Mom thank you for this wonderful childhood memory, but I would like to say it one more time: Thanks Mom.

image by Beverly Lloyd-Roberts

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Cherries 101: Not Just Another Pretty Face

When it comes to nutrition and health benefits, this luscious fruit is taking its place along side super fruits such as blueberries and pomegranates. 

The bright red color of cherries is not only appealing, but is functional as well. It is due to anthocyanins (antioxidant flavanoids -that protect the body from oxidative damage). Translation: They're good for you. Tart cherries contain high levels of melatonin, an antioxidant produced naturally by the body that is thought to help slow the aging process as well as fight jetlag and regulate sleep. Cherries contain vitamin C, as well as being a good source of fiber, which helps keep the digestive system on track.

Cherries have also been shown to reduce pain and inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

Take the time to incorporate cherries into your diet. Eating them fresh is delicious, but if you like dried fruit, put some in your cereal, oatmeal, trail mix, etc. Blend with orange or any of your favorite juices for a refreshing drink. Cherries are versatile and the benefits are tremendous!

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                   www.life123 (health benefits of cherries)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

How To Get Your Guy To Eat Organic.

So, you have taken the plunge into healthy eating. Don't be surprised if your man doesn't share your enthusiasm, though. Here are some sure fire ways to get you both on the same page.

1. Don't Nag.  Being subtle can go a long way. Instead of expounding on the dangers of processed and chemical laden foods, tell him how great you feel since you have been eating healthy. Don't lay it on too thick. He may not say anything, but he'll be making mental notes.

2. Make his favorite meal using all organic ingredients. This will ONLY work if you are already a great cook! If you are not, make a reservation at the best organic restaurant in your town and have a fun night out exploring the menu. Or call ahead to the restaurant to see if they can prepare his favorite meal as a special dish.

3.Accentuate The Positive. If you have finally got him to eat his first goat cheese omelet, give him praise and keep it moving. If he is still wary of your next move, don't be discouraged and revert back to your old eating habits if he isn't coming around fast enough. Stay positive, and your good example will rub off on him and hopefully he will want to take this wonderfully healthy journey together with you!

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                     Produce In Basket Author- Fuse

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